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Whether you call it a Facebook PR scheme or the Supreme Court for social media, the Facebook Oversight Board is moving beyond its initial remit. Now things get interesting.

The hot takes have poured in following the Facebook Oversight Board’s decision on Donald Trump. On Wednesday, the “independent” board — made up of third parties selected by Facebook — announced it would uphold Facebook’s ban of the former president while asking Facebook to come up with something less arbitrary…


Facebook still has a lot of explaining to do

Former President Donald Trump is, as of this moment, still banned from Facebook, but before you cheer or deride the decision, know this: The Reckoning is just beginning.

The Oversight Board agreed with Facebook’s initial actions: kicking Trump off its platforms (Facebook and Instagram) as the Capitol riots unfolded and…


BIG TECHNOLOGY

‘We talked about tech because all tech is politics and all politics is tech’

OneZero is partnering with the Big Technology Podcast from Alex Kantrowitz to bring readers exclusive access to interview transcripts — edited for length and clarity — with notable figures in and around the tech industry.

To subscribe to the podcast and hear the interview for yourself, you can check it…


Pattern Matching

Two schools of thought on the new administration

For all of Donald Trump’s railing against Amazon’s “monopoly,” social media “censorship,” and Section 230 protections for internet companies, his administration did very little to take on the technology industry. Its most notable acts were the repeal of net neutrality, sanctions on Chinese tech firms, and the launch of antitrust…


Most mornings for the past five years, 62-year-old Jeffrey Guterman has woken up in his Florida home, made coffee in his kitchen, and sat down at his computer to tweet out taunts to the president.

“You excreted on democracy,” he wrote recently.

“You are lower than slime,” read another sharp-witted…


Pattern Matching

The first step is agreeing on exactly what it is — and what we want it to be

This was a week of pointing fingers. As the dust cleared from the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and Donald Trump was re-impeached (early candidate for word of the year), many blamed the social media platforms on which his most rabid supporters organized. …


Big Technology

‘There’s a difference between banning him completely and banning the algorithmic spread of his statements’

OneZero is partnering with the Big Technology Podcast from Alex Kantrowitz to bring readers exclusive access to interview transcripts — edited for length and clarity — with notable figures in and around the tech industry.

To subscribe to the podcast and hear the interview for yourself, you can check it…


Trump’s extremism is forcing tech companies to abandon the pretense of political objectivity — for now

There’s an idea in media criticism known as the “view from nowhere.” Popularized by Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University, the phrase takes aim at the ethos of political agnosticism that news outlets have historically cultivated. He argues that “both sides” reporting, which treats competing viewpoints or…


The service is now shut down as it seeks a new hosting service

App downloads of “free speech” platforms Parler and MeWe jumped in the days following riots at the Capitol on Wednesday and the subsequent permanent suspension of President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. …


Pattern Matching

Booting Trump won’t solve social media’s problems. But it’s not a bad place to start.

The president of the United States is no longer allowed to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch, or Shopify. Twitter said Friday night that its ban was permanent — and it was swiftly followed by suspensions of the @POTUS and @TeamTrump accounts when Trump attempted to use those instead…

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